Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Forty-Three

Moab, UT to Tuba City (Navajo Nation), AZ
July 29, 2009 The story behind 'Dead Horse Point' (see below) leftArrowSmall.jpg rightArrowSmall.jpg home.gif


Today I was all set to visit the Arches NP and the Canyonlands NP. The campground manager told me that I should not miss the Dead Horse Point State Park also. He suggested that I start with the Arches as that area tends to heat up the most, and the weather was certainly indicating HOT. I rode to/thru all three parks, a total of over 100 miles, and will show a sampling of the pics below. It was a lot of riding to see a lot of rocks, but some of the scenery was really awesome.

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Riding time: 10 hours 03 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 360 miles,
    Total   = 9,363 miles
Average Miles/Gallon: 42.8
Average Price/Gallon: $3.05 (Premium Grade)

Gas Used to Date:  $828.81
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Balancing Rock
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Double Arches
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Delicate Arch
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The story behind 'Dead Horse Point'
Around the turn of the last century (1900), wild mustangs roamed the mesatop around Dead Horse Point. Cowboys were always looking for ways to catch these sturdy, fleet-footed equines. One of the best ways they found to capture the clever beasts was to herd them into a trap such as a box canyon.

Dead Horse Point was a custom-made horse trap, like a box canyon only in reverse. With sheer cliffs straight down on all sides and only a narrow strip of land for access. All the cowboys had to do was herd the horses across the neck and out onto the "point." They would then build a fence of pinyon and juniper branches across the neck and they had a natural corral! Here the cowboys could sort through the horses, choose the ones they wanted, and let the culls or "broomtails" go free.

Legend tells us that one time a band of broomtails was accidently left corralled on the waterless point. There the horses died of thirst within view of the Colorado River. The 2,000 feet to the river must have seemed like 2,000 miles.
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Mexican Hat Rock
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Coming out of a rain storn INTO a dust storm...How Weird!!!
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